The past few months have been hailed as some of the strongest in modern cinema. But even in a year that saw landmark achievements duly recognized, there were films that didn’t seem to get their share of respect.
With that in mind, we ask, in our fourth-annual "most underappreciated movie" poll, to choose the film that deserved dollars and accolades but couldn’t seem to manage enough of either. (Past poll winners, to give you an indication, were “Bernie” in 2012, “The Debt" in 2011 and “Let Me In” in 2010.)
After a quick survey of the Los Angeles Times film staff, we've narrowed down this year’s field. Should most-underappreciated honors go to Derek Cianfrance’s epic revenge drama “The Place Beyond the Pines?” The coming-of-age subtleties of James Ponsoldt’s “The Spectacular Now”? Or Ron Howard’s Gloden Globes-nominated but U.S. box-office disappointment “Rush?”
There’s also the poignancy of Deston Cretton’s “Short Term 12,” Edgar Wright’s apocalyptic visions in “The World’s End” and Zal Batmanglij’s enviro-trills in “The East.”
Some might even propose Ridley Scott’s “The Counselor,” which was excoriated by many critics and fans when it came out but had a cadre of hard-core fans. So we tossed that one in too.
Vote below on which film was the most underappreciated (and feel free to tweet your choice as well). We'll tally the results and name the most underappreciated movie of 2013 next week.
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